Sport Specialization in Young Children Can Increase Chances of Sever’s Disease
New Research Suggests that specialization in a particular sport may lead to early damage and injury in young children. Although it has become increasingly popular, many suggest that specialization should start at the end of their child’s growth spurts. This usually occurs around 15 years of age or during adolescence. Dr. Liebeg of Akron Children’s Hospital states, “During growth spurts, the growth plates are at a higher risk for injury.” Sever’s disease is a foot condition that commonly occurs in growing children. However, children that are more physically active have higher chances of Sever’s Disease. The disease is clearly presents as inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.
Sever’s disease is common in children and can be treated, so parents should not be alarmed if their child is showing signs or symptoms of the disease. See one of our podiatrists of Foot HealthCare Associates for treatment. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Sever’s Disease in Children
Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a medical condition that causes heel pain in one or both feet. The disease usually affects children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel, forcing him to walk on his toes.
Toe gait develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.
- The child will have acute pain in the heel when he engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and running.
- Highly active children are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease. This is because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the best podiatrists in Southfield. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.